KP tops Weston in upset
King Philip, whose program is only in its third year of existence, was crowned the Division 2 boys’ swimming and diving state champions yesterday, edging perennial swimming power Weston by just 6 points at Harvard’s Blodgett Pool.
The meet came down to the final race, as the Warriors entered the 400-freestyle relay with a precarious 2-point edge over Weston, whose 18 state titles since 1987 would intimidate even the most seasoned teams.
But the Warriors refused to let up, winning the relay with a time of 3:17.33 to secure the state title with a score of 178.
“I just told them [to] ‘go out and do what you want to do,’ ’’ said King Philip coach Heather Tomassian, “and that’s what they wanted to do, go out and win that relay.’’
“It was a little different than our relay in sectionals,’’ said King Philip’s Patrick Myers. “We switched it up and had a freshman [Chris Digiacomo] take us out and [he] really stepped it up.’’
Weston took second with a score of 172, while Concord Carlisle (111) and Wayland (94) rounded out the top four. In the past 22 state finals, Weston has finished out of the top two only once (in 2009).
The Warriors can look to the 100 backstroke as the turning point of the meet, finishing 1-2 in the event and picking up 15 points on the Wildcats. Myers placed first with a meet record time of 49.68, with Aaron Gustafson next to touch the wall (51.96).
Myers, wasn’t done setting meet records as he blew away the competition in the 100 butterfly with a time of 49.31. Tyler Lewtan of Weston placed second (52.90).
“They were right around my best times,’’ Myers said. “I was hoping to get the state record, but a 30-year-old meet record is pretty solid.’’
Concord-Carlisle’s Sean O’Brien put on a show in the diving portion of the finals, scoring a 639.65, to break his own record from 2010.
In the end the afternoon belonged to the Warriors, who knew they had a chance coming in and made good on it.
“We knew it was a possibility,’’ said Tomassian. “We knew that Weston always brings their ‘A’ game, so we definitely wanted to make sure that we did, too.
“It’s huge considering we’ve only been around for three years, so it’s an awesome accomplishment. These guys were amazing today.’’